Ibstock Brick has invested £7.6 million at its Lodge Lane facility to boost production by 8 million bricks a year.
Ibstock Brick has invested £7.6 million at the home of its Stafford Slate Blue brick – a move which will boost production by up to eight million bricks a year.
Lodge Lane in Cannock opened in 1991. The investment project, which included a new kiln, started in January 2017 with the factory being fully commissioned by the end of March this year.
The factory manufactures four types of blue brick – with its most popular being the Staffordshire Slate Blue Smooth – in 65mm, 73mm and solids. It also has a specials department which makes a variety of different shaped bricks including sills, plinths, bullnose, and chamfered.
Factory Manager Richard Hall commented: “The new kiln gives us increased capacity and the ability to produce up to 28 million bricks every year. It is the boost that the site needed and gives us a really good foundation to build on for the future. There is a lot of tradition in blue brick manufacturing and we are carrying this on and since we have increased production we have seen growing demand for these products.”
Whilst blue bricks will be the main manufacturing focus, Lodge Lane also has the capability to manufacture red bricks
Image: Ibstock Brick’s Staffordshire Blue Brindle Dragface is one of the blue bricks manufactured at its Lodge Lane factory in Cannock